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Indiana and Indianans
A History of Aboriginal and Territorial Indiana and the Century of Statehood
Jacob Piatt Dunn
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York

   Charles J. Waits is now rounding out nine years of consecutive service as superintendent of the city school system of Terre Haute. Mr. Waits is a veteran in the educational field, and has filled all grades in the service from a country school teacher to head of a big independent city school system.
   Mr. Waits was born in Jennings County, Indiana, March 5, 1863, a son of Reuben Waits and Nancy (McGannon) Waits, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Indiana. He was the third child and second son in a family of seven, five of whom reached maturity.
   Professor Waits as a boy attended common school in Jennings County. In 1884 he graduated from Quaker Academy at Azalia, and since then his service has been almost continuous in school work, through several years have been spent in higher institutions of learning as a student. Ind 1889 he graduated from Indiana State Normal School. From 1889 to 1891 he was principal of the Prarie Creek School, and then entered the Indiana State University at Bloomington for a year. During 1892-93 he was principal of the high school at Centerville in Wayne County and then reentered Indiana University, where he graduated A. B. in 1894. From that year until 1898 he was superintendent of schools at Carlisle in Sullivan County. During 1898-99 he was a graduate student in the University of Illinois, from which he has his Master of Arts degree. In 1899 Professor Waits came to Terre Haute, was head of the mathematics department of the High School for five years, was principal from 1904 - 1910. and in the later years became superintendent. He has done much to vitalize and build up the local schools, and is one of the broad minded and progressive educators of the state today.
   Professor Waits had been affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows since 1887. In 1894 he married Minnie B. Rundell of Owen County, Indiana. They have three children, Alice, Agnes and Charles.

I show Nancy McGannon wife of Charles J. Waits as the daughter of Samuel McGannon & Susanna James.

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